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“Total Serenity & Comfort in a Very Busy City” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Banda Inns
Ranked #1 of 174 Kampala B&B and Inns
Washington DC
1 review
“Total Serenity & Comfort in a Very Busy City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2010

Kampala can be very stressful--it's busy, crowded and high-paced. Banda Inns was the perfect place to retreat to--it was blissfully quiet, safe with beautifully manicured grounds and a friendly staff. One of the best things about it is Banda Inns is locally run and owned, so you can still get a really good taste of Uganda without sacrificing the basic comforts you'd expect from home.

I had a lot to accomplish in Kampala in a very short period of time, and I could not have done it without my driver Rogers Masaba--who was not only savvy and painstakingly honest but he also had tons of insider information about how to get things done at the cheapest prices possible. Since Kampala has a brutal bartering culture--this was a huge help and gave me lots of peace of mind. His number is [--] or you can email him at [--] and tell him Jen sent you. This guy was gold.

Asteria, the co-owner of Banda Inns, was the perfect host. It was great to chat with her at the end of the day and get her perspective on my project. I also was impressed with how safe my things were at Banda Inns. Asteria runs a tight ship while infusing the whole place with warmth and comfort. The girls working for her are gems. If you're relocating to Kampala and need temporary housing or just need to relax, this place is excellent.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2010

My 2nd visit here ... and I can't imagine going elsewhere. Banda Inns is located atop lush Tank Hill in lower Muyenga ... where it is peaceful, green and leafy, wifi wired, within walking distance to a fabulous Italian supermarket, an innovative wine "bar" and fairly good Chinese, Ethiopian and Indian restaurants and yet only 15 minutes to city centre via boda boda (motorbike taxis).

What brings me back, however, is the tranquil, serene garden ... and warm hospitality chez Asteria and Steven and their lovely staff. Whatever your day plans, it is simply nice to come "home" ... to clean safe environs and that je ne sais quoi quality of feeling at home.

Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2010

Our group stayed at the Banda Inn for nine nights in November while we visited orphanages in the Kampala area. I stumbled on the website through a "google" search and the entire group was SO glad. Asteria, Steven & crew were not only helpful - they made us feel at home and were available whenever we needed them. They hosted a BBQ on our last night there that was fabulous!
We cannot say enough good things about Banda Inn. We will be going back in 2010 and hope to stay there again. The website clearly depicts the physical aspects of the accomadations but it can never portray the gracious spirits of our hosts! Thanks again!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2009

Simple, basic accommodation. Charming and helpful staff.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2009

We wanted a cheap but pleasant experience in Kampala and this is nearly what we had. At c. 40 pounds a night equivalent it was very reasonable, and it was clean. The owners were nice and helpful too. There were a few issues, such as the shower hardly working and the food not being of top quality. Yet it is close to the pub scene and you can get a taxi into town very easily. One good thing is that they sent a taxi to pick us up from Entebbe and arranged trips for us around the area.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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BandaInns, Owner at Banda Inns, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
Thank you SamandAggie for your constructive feedback.

Unfortunately, we have had similar complaints from other visitors too regarding the water pressure on 1st floor. Management have now rectified the problem and hope visitors will not experience the same in the future.

Banda Inns is a bed and breakfast that offers simple homemade meals to business and holiday travelers. It is unfortunate that our food was not satisfactory during your stay. On the other hand Banda Inns is located in Muyenga, a suburb with a variety of restaurants at walking distance. We encourage our visitors to visit some of these restaurants during their stay.

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nijmegen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2009

It was a pleasure to be in Banda Inns , steven and asteria en the crew were verry helpfull and kind, we felt save and everything was possible.
when we come back to Kampala we come again, because it felt warm, familiair and
like home, so i thank you verry much for your hospitality and the good service.

with love from holland sjaak en mariek

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank marieke83
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2009

I can't understand what all the rave reviews are about- this place is OK- certainly nothing special. It reminded me a lot of old fashioned school dorms. The shower cubicle was plastic and rickety and without hot water.
We were only here for the night- arriving late and leaving early next morning- I wouldn't have wanted to linger

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KP58
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Property: Banda Inns
Address: 2497 Lubbobbo Close | off Tank Hill Road, Kampala 3785, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 174 B&Bs / Inns in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located Bed & Breakfast in Kampala. Peaceful and quiet neighborhood, ideal for holiday or business trips. Short distance and easy access to town. Many restaurants in the neighborhood. Full breakfast and laundry included in all prices. Airport pick-up also available. ... more   less 
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